Last week, Chris Stewart, aka Black Marble, released undoubtedly one of our favorite albums of this past year with his sophomore effort, It’s Immaterial. Outside of its emotional depth, there is a spiritual otherworld quality that overcomes us every listen where we come out mentally cleansed. The video for “Woods” produced by Libre’s Alberto Berrizbeitia and director Theo Sixou further captures the emotion and spirituality with beautifully choreographed movements and imagery in a forest. Stewart says of the video:
I spoke with Theo awhile back about his initial concept for the piece. At first I was not sure what I thought of all these people running endlessly — sometimes stopping to speak directly to camera — this strange tableau. Having worked with him previously on “A Great Design” though, I knew I should just trust him. Had it been anyone else I might have thought twice about the idea but I’m glad I didn’t.
Somehow, as visual allegory to the spirit of the song, these people running from something, but sometimes it seems, just running because there’s nothing else to do, fits perfectly with the underlying theme of the music, the sort of tension that exists when you already know the ultimate outcome but cant bring yourself to extricate yourself from something that has just been in place for so long. That liminal space between wanting and doing can seemingly last forever and I think this video perfectly represents Woods in that way.
I think Theo is one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I’m so pleased as always that he chose to dedicate some of his time to creating an amazing visual story for “Woods.”
It’s Immaterial is available now through Ghostly International.